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What to Expect at Your First Court Appearance


After you are arrested, you will face your first court appearance, known as an arraignment. If you fail to appear at the arraignment hearing, the judge will issue a bench warrant for your arrest. Our firm has guided numerous clients to successful outcome, and can walk you through the process.

During the arraignment, several things will happen:

  1. The judge will inform you of your rights
  2. The judge will inform you of the charges against you (in a written document)
  3. The judge will inform you of the possible penalties you may face for a conviction
  4. You will have a chance to enter a plea of either guilty or not guilty

If you enter a plea of guilty, the judge will impose a sentence for your conviction, and your case will be closed. However, if you enter a plea of not guilty, your case will become contested and will be assigned a prosecutor. The judge may set a bail amount to allow you to avoid jail while your case is pending. You may also have to abide by certain restrictions, such as not driving or not drinking alcohol, for the duration of your case.

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At Tomeo Sills, LLC, we provide aggressive representation to clients facing criminal charges. From the initial court appearance to trial, we can use tailored legal strategies for your case. We know each situation is unique. That is why our Connecticut criminal defense attorneys will communicate with you throughout the process as you seek a favorable outcome.

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